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Publisher's Summary

Narrated by Charlie Mackesy.

Brought to you by Penguin.

With music by Max Richter and Isobel Waller-Bridge. 

Discover the universal tale of four unlikely friends that has captured the hearts of listeners of all ages, now available in audio.

Experience the world of a curious boy, a greedy mole, a wary fox and a wise horse who find themselves together in sometimes difficult terrain, sharing their greatest fears and biggest discoveries about vulnerability, kindness, hope, friendship and love.

Charlie's words have brought comfort to many and have been shared online by those around the world, as well as on t-shirts for Comic Relief, on magazine covers, on street lampposts in lockdown, in school classrooms, local cafés and hospital ward walls. They've even been used as screensavers for NHS hospital computers in difficult times. 

The shared adventures and important conversations between the four friends are full of life lessons that have connected with listeners of all ages. 

Enjoy the journey of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse brought to life in audio by its author and illustrator Charlie Mackesy, with a beautiful music score and the real wildlife sounds of rural England. 

©2020 Charlie Mackesy (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Charlie Mackesy's mesmerising debut combines the simplicity of The Giving Tree, magic of The Velveteen Rabbit and the curiosity of Paddington." (Elisabeth Egan, New York Times)

"This is one of my favourite books." (Dr Rangan Chatterjee)  

"Gorgeous." (Chris Evans)

What listeners say about The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

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Little pretentious..

The book was narrated beautifully, and it was lovely to listen to. All that being said, it felt like a bunch of faux wisdom pretending to be deep. Little confused by all the love it's been getting.

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The best I've ever heard, read, felt and imagined!

Loved the book...it's one not to be missed for anything in the world! Heartwarming and beautiful... especially the audio version. I'm in love with all 4...and the author as well! A book for anyone and everyone, life lessons that stay with you and set you free, to be, to love and to feel blessed!

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Thank you.

The 1 hour experience was beyond Beautiful.
Puts the heart at peace.Thank you for making this. I've have this in loop. Makes a perfect listen for winters.

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Exceptionally beautiful journey with 4

The journey with the boy, the mole, the horse and the fox is simply unforgettable! the reading, pauses and appropriately soft music make you want to repeat the journey numerous times!

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loved it

I sawthe book in bookstores.but didn't think I could follow the illustrations.but tha narration by author is amazing

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Wow.

I think wow quite sums it up well. Mesmerising narration, just like the story was when I first read it.

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Life's guide

All the wisdom you will ever gain in life, you will gain it all here in this book. A book that can be the best bed time story for your children, the best guide in your lows, a book you can read to loved ones when they are sad, a book to entertain your mind and soul. Its a book like Yoga, you can practice it everyday, for a better and healthier life.

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  • LC
  • 13-01-21

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loved it. having music and nature sounds added in the background made the storyline flow.

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Brilliant.... a Must read for everyone

So well written and spoken by Charlie Mackesy. This is is for everyone. It’s touches all the phases of life and showcase the what matters most in life. I never thought that I will be lost in a different world while hearing this.

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  • RK
  • 20-12-20

So beautiful

Such a gift from Charlie Mackesy. It felt like my heart almost stopped wanting to be with every word and image.

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  • Blanca de Hvidsten
  • 18-11-20

Life within discovery and Kindness

What a lovely story I could pause at each sentence and breathe kindness inn and suffering out. Transforming in love and kindness!

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  • sue66
  • 08-01-21

Outstanding & Unexpected Emotional Experience

I am 60 years old and have never, ever experienced such a moving, touching, sensory experience when listening to an audio book before - It was truly outstanding and totally unexpected.
Listening to Charlie Mackesy perform this much-loved book, enhancing the narration of the beautiful, heartfelt journey of the Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse exceeded all my expectations. The gentle description, the ethereal soundtrack and the unobtrusive sound effects of nature, all combined to enhance the emotional experience of listening to Charlie, whilst visually following his narration by viewing his lovely illustrations at the same time in my own copy of his delightful book.
It came upon me slowly, building as the story progressed, reaching into my heart, making me smile and at the end releasing such an unexpected rush of emotion - I am not ashamed to say that tears fell unchecked and that I sat quietly for a while revelling in the aftermath of the experience of this absolutely beautiful audiobook.
Thank you to Charlie and all contributors x (I would have liked to have given ten stars if possible!)

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  • 03-01-21

A most beautiful book !!

I absolutely love the story & Charlie’s illustrations are fantastic. I didn’t think the package could be bettered until I heard Charlie’s soothing & sincere voice. The whole experience is nothing short of magical !! Thank you Charlie x

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  • inspired Amazon Customer Inspired Amazon customer.
  • 02-01-21

Beautiful

Just listened to the most beautiful audio book ever. The author's narration was so captivating & sensitive. Sound effects brilliant too. I had never come across this book before but it will remain a favourite which I will recommend.

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  • 01-01-21

Utterly profound and uplifting.

This book is a must for everyone, old and young, to understand why we are here and what is really important. The simplicity of the dialogue is ii's strength.
Just discovered it on Radio 4 extra and, as a Clinical Psychologist I intend to recommend it in therapy.The messages it gives are truly profound, and reinforces many well established psychological truths.
The story reading and the choice of accompanying music makes it delightful listening for all ages to support life's journey.

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  • Mrs L Harrison
  • 03-01-21

My favourite book

I love how Charlie brings the book to life in this audiobook. A perfect book!

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  • Bouncer
  • 02-01-21

Beautiful

The soft warming tones of Charlie with the music and background sound brings the book alive. This should be a gift everyone should receive at school, when sometimes you're very lost in the world. Thank you Charlie 🙏🏻

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  • Amado Morales
  • 01-01-21

I almost cried

The most beautiful audiobook I heard this year (1st January 2021). It talks about vulnerability and love ❤️

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-01-21

Beautiful

Beautifully read by Charlie and beautiful music by Max Richter...a perfect combination. A very emotive story made even more emotive by the music.

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  • S. K. North
  • 31-12-20

Beautiful inside and out.

Profound wisdom woven into magical landscape and loving friends.
Beautifully narrated by the author.





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  • Leonie Mouricette
  • 31-12-20

Beautiful story

Loved it so beautifully told keeps you in touch at all times. A new favourite of mine to end 2020 on.

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  • Sharri-Lynne Frauenfelder
  • 26-01-21

Delightful

Such a precious story of the four friends (boy, mole, fox and horse). Gentle, without rush, the story goes. The sound of narrator/authors voice is soothing for the soul. I want to go buy the books and share it with everyone. So good ❤️

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  • 11-01-21

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I cannot tell you how much I love this. The beautiful words♡, the exquisite music. ♡

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-12-20

Enchanting

I loved Charlie’s book as a hard copy and have shared it with lots of people. The spoken book was just incredible.. peaceful and moving and was like a warm hug. I loved the descriptions and music that gave each drawing a whole new depth and meaning
Thanks so much Charlie for being brave and magnificent.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-12-20

Absolutely beautiful

It is an absolute stunning piece of work with so many, sincere life lessons to be learnt. Every human, no matter what age can learn something beautiful from this book. My heart is full of love for this book. Thank you Charlie.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-11-20

Magnificent

I have bought the hard copy book 4 times to gift and to keep, as I love it so. I want to share it with everyone ! And now Charlie's narration too, the gentle reassuring sound of his voice, and his heart-warming characters, that each speak to something in us all. With wisdom and hope in the questions as much as in the responses of these characters, well ... I just couldn't be more effusive in my recommendation - buy the book as well if you love stunning illustrations ! And/or follow Charlie on insta to see the boy the mole the fox and the horse, come to life ! ❤